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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

We all heard and followed the Couplet, MATA, Pita, Guru and Deivam indicating the order of precedency one should follow. .i.e. Mata[ The Mother ] is the first God to every one and folowed by Father , then the Teacher and finally the 'ultimate' HIM.

It is however, felt the meaning is not understood by all of us, and we followed the saying without much thinking. The explanation of this saying however seems to be radically different than the one followed all the ages down the line.

The actula Meaning seems to be as below.

MATA , is the one every child get attached to begin with, with giving brest milk as essential nutritional natrual food for the good health of the child. The Child learns all basic essential needs from the Mother. Upon being self sufficient, the role of Mother seems to be within the four walls of the house and limited. The Mother can play only limited role in the widest knowledge required by the Child. Hence her sphere of influence upon the child is smallest.

PITA - the father then takes over and shows the world outside the house. The child is introduced to the world outside the House, and needs to understand the public life. Father fends him all the needs outside the house. So, therefore, the role of the father is more than the mother hence a bigger circle in the lifes sphere.

GURU - the teacher, plays even a bigger role. Unless the child is qualified, he will not be able to face the learned society and make a good life. Education is the solution for betterment of life. The nitty gritties of academics for betterment is more essential than physical life. Therefore, the role of the Teacher is even bigger than PITA.

DEIVAM - Well, having established a qualification with the guidance of the GURU and living a happy life, as the spritual needs increases for inside peace of every person. The inner world so far unknown is realised, by introspection with spritual bent of mind and hence , the GOD takes even bigger role.

Well, let us introspect without debating who is big.


Devarajan Mathan-
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